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Chapter 13. Interactive PDF

Chapter 13. Interactive PDF

A hundred years ago, when David was a young pup, he turned in a school essay he had typed using an amazing new device called a personal computer and printed on that technological marvel, the dot-matrix printer. His teacher was so impressed that she wrote her copious corrections on a separate page, so as not to spoil the appearance of David’s “professionally published” work. Today, a school report printed on a color laser or inkjet printer is de rigeur, and teachers may question a student’s work ethic if they don’t have a corresponding Web site and public relations team.

Communication of data has come a long way, and while print is far from dead, you can bet that the future of publishing isn’t solely a matter of throwing more ink at paper. Today’s communicators have to be adept at creating both print and interactive documents—files that include buttons, sounds, and movies. Fortunately, InDesign offers a number of features for the “rich media” producer. Many of these tools don’t produce any visible effect on your InDesign pages, but change the content and behavior of PDF files that you export.


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